Meet Stellenrust… Ok meet Stellenrust road, I have spend a great deal of time this week on this road exploring and visiting wine farms in one of the best kept secret spots of Stellenbosch.
During the next few weeks I will gradually share my new love affair with you which entitles a great deal of boutique wineries, a piece of Italy, a converted architect and a beautiful wedding.
You may or may not have heard of the Golden Triangle, some refer to it as the jewel in the crown of Stellenbosch. The Helderberg wine region stretches from Somerset West to the edge of Stellenbosch and in this area lies the Golden Triangle. The Golden Triangle is internationally recognised for some of the best red wine soil in South Africa, which we put to test. This is a top wine producing area that stretches from the foothills of the Helderberg to the edge of the Stellenbosch mountains. It is here where I discovered my deep affection and fondness for Stellenrust road. Not only does Stellenrust road possess some of the best wineries but it also competes for the best scenery in the Western Cape.
The Stellenrust road is a small loop that turns off from the R44 and becomes Blaauwklippen road as you continue. This gravel road has it’s beginning in a massive pine tree forest. As you leave the forest you are greeted by a beautiful country side as the wine filled mountain slopes come to life. There is no need for an off-road vehicle but you will pick up some dust.
To get to the real gems you turn right after Stellenzicht’s main entrance and a small tar road leads you deep into the mountain, It is here where the feeling of Tuscany slowly comes to life. There are old white farm walls leading the way lined with olive trees. If you stop and listen on a hot day you are greeted by the all too familiar sound of beetles hissing away. I am lucky enough to have Stellenrust road almost on my doorstep.
The road consists of a few boutique wineries, a couple of larger well known wineries as well as an award winning restaurant. I am personally all for off the beaten track wineries, which are almost always intimate and relaxed. The tastings are usually done by the winemaker himself and you get to ask some more complex questions. So buckle up as I will be introducing you to some of my new favourite wineries and take you on a journey through the Golden Triangle over the next few weeks.